Have you ever heard the term "eat the rainbow?" Well if you haven't, now you have... and a picture is worth a thousand words; looks how beautiful and vibrant fresh, colorful food is!
Our bodies need and crave variety, and eating lots of different colors is a great way to ensure your body is getting the full range of vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs, not just to survive, but to THRIVE! Lets see what the wonderful benefits of these 'rainbow' foods are, and which ones to reach for to keep your body, mind and immune system at their best.
- Maintains good heart health and low blood pressure.
- Antioxidants provide protection from cancer, and age-related diseases, like Alzheimer's' disease
- Supports joints
- Good Sources: Tomatoes, beets, strawberries, watermelon, guava, red peppers, red apples, red onion, red grapes, rhubarb
- Supports nervous system
- Abundant with antioxidants
- Aids digestive system
- Reduces risk of heart attack or stroke
- Promotes collagen growth
- Good Sources: apricots, carrots, mango, yams, butternut squash, cantaloupe, pumpkin, peaches, yellow pepper, sweet potato, persimmons
- Packed with Vitamin C to keep your immune system strong
- Detoxifies harmful substances
- Aids digestion
- Improves blood health
- Good Sources: Lemons, apricots, yellow peppers, corn, nectarines
- Keeps you feeling full longer
- Fights off infection
- Lowers cholesterol and blood pressure
- Good Sources: bananas, garlic, ginger, mushrooms, white onions, potatoes, parsnips, white beans, white peaches, cauliflower, jicama
- Promotes healthy overall body function
- Full of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals
- Inhibits the actions of carcinogens (cancer causing agents)
- Good Sources: Kale (no big surprise there!), peas, okra, spinach, arugula, chard and all other leafy greens, broccoli, zucchini, green beans, asparagus, green grapes, avocados, endive, celery, kiwi, honeydew melon
Blue / Purple
- Slows the process of aging
- Improves memory and cell communication
- Full of antioxidants and vitamins to reduce risks of cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer's disease
- Good Sources: blueberries, plums, blackberries, eggplant, red onion, grapes, purple potatoes, purple cabbage, elderberries, prunes, raisins, figs
Are you feeling colorful and hungry yet? Head to your local grocery store or farmers market and let your senses feast on the vibrant displays of fresh food... then pick out some old favorites... or find some new ones, and enjoy!
Health is Wealth... Truly.